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Sze Kin Yung


2. Circa 1875. 3. Circa 1875


Pinyin & Chinese characters Shi Jinyong  史锦镛

Variant Spellings & Other Names S. C. Shih
Shih Chin Yung1
Sydney C. Shih

Other Chinese Name(s) 史瑞臣

Detachment 1

LaFargue No. 29

Date of Birth 1858

Place of Birth Xiangshan, Guangdong Province

Age at Departure for US 15 (Lunar Calendar)

Date of Death Before 1924

Place of Death Shanghai

Place(s) of Residence in US Monson, MA?

American Host Family/ies  
School(s), with dates Monson Academy, MA

Notable Activities/Awards in School  
College/University, with dates Sze had hoped to enter Yale’s Sheffield Scientific School in 1877 but was recalled to China for for misconduct.  For details, see “Other” below.

Notable Activities/Awards in College

Degree/Diploma Obtained (date)  
First Assignment in China  
Later Positions Business

Employment Sector(s) Business

Final Rank, if in Gov't Service


Father's Name  
Mother's Name  
Family Relations w/ other CEM Students  
Children's Names  
Other Sze was probably recalled for multiple misbehaviours.  According to LaFargue, he was "expelled and sent home for running up a bill". This was unlikely for only one offence, but rather for a habit of overspending (each CEM student was given a monthly allowance by the Commission).  Secondly, Qian Gang and Hu Jintao discovered from the archives of the current Wilbraham & Monson Academy that Sze had personal calling cards printed, bearing the title "Sydney C. Shih, Canton, China". This would suggest that he had adopted a more Westernized identity and led a busy social life, thus requiring higher expenses.  He also rented a "Mailbox 109(?), Monson Mass." for his personal correspondence.  Furthermore, he might have fallen foul of the Commissioners by: (1) participating in Christian activities, and (2) being too friendly with American women. Some letters addressed to American females that were discovered by Qian and Hu indicate such activities. On his way back to China, Sze cut off his queue and dressed in Western clothing, in an apparent gesture of defiance.2 

Notes and Sources

1.  Rhoads (2011), p. 51, Table 5.1.

2.  For the LaFargue citation, see Rhoads (2011), p. 64 & fn 48.  For the other details, see Qian & Hu (2003) , 84-87; Qian & Hu (2004), 94-97.